Music Manager Jeff Jampol on Using His Yacht to Rescue People Stranded by Malibu Fires

It sounds like a scene from an action movie: A yacht owner and his friends rescue people stranded by the fires raging in Malibu, Calif., as flames approach and the wind kicks up, causing big ocean swells. As night falls, the owner and friends use a small boat and inflatable paddle boards to ferry people to and from the shore, working until well past midnight.

Jeff Jampol, president of Jam Inc., a music management company that handles the legacies of the Doors, Janis Joplin, the Ramones, Otis Redding and more — and a featured speaker at Variety’s Music for Screens conference earlier this month (pictured above) — led that mission Sunday night with the help of close friends Kaj Larsen (former host of the Vice HBO series) and Mace Camhe. Here, in his words as told to Steve Baltin, is how the rescue mission idea formed and how it was executed.

We were spending the weekend with some friends in Catalina Island on my boat. I was talking to my friend Steve McKeever, who owns Hidden Beach Records and lives in Paradise Cove near [Malibu]. He was blocked from his house due to the fires, so I said, “We’ll run you up there, I can come back early Sunday from Catalina and take you up on the boat.” He said that would be great, because “I don’t even know if my house is still there.”

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